I'm always confused: is it pant or pants? And what's with the long product names again? Make a decision people! Hopefully those of you in the market for some decent outdoors work pants can look past the name, because Wrangler makes some pretty sweet pants designed for getting down and dirty.
The Ranger, as its marathon name indicates, is made of ripstop material, but in this case it's not nylon, it's tough ten ounce cotton. Although you won't want these on you if you're headed to cold and wet places, for everywhere else they are a great alternative to light but expensive technical fabrics or hot and heavy canvas work pants.
The Ranger pants, also available in identical – but shorter – shorts, have a single button, zipper fly design. They have two deep front hand pockets with 45 degree openings, two Cordura-lined open rear pockets, and two gussetted side cargo pockets with dual snap flaps. Hopefully you're right handed, because there are some useful additional storage options on the right side only. On the outside of the cargo pocket are a pen pocket and a curious smaller pocket for odds and ends. Inside the right hand warmer pocket is a shallow but very wide watch pocket. The feature we found most useful was the leather, or maybe it's pleather hell we don't know, reinforcement that helps hold a clip-on pocket knife or tool more securely while at the same time protecting against wear.
The knees are reinforced and at the bottom have a two-inch wide vent hole to help you keep your cool. Altogether the design works very well and holds up great against typical outdoor tasks. About the only thing we'd change is the high-rise waist, but that's just personal preference; the higher rise definitely provides more coverage and protection for working, but for us we really needed a belt to make it feel comfortable. If you're looking for a reasonably-priced, tough pair of work pants with plenty of storage options you have to check out the Ranger.